When thousands marched through ice and snow against a copyright treaty, their cries for free speech on the Internet shot to the heart of the European Union and forced a political U-turn. The mighty entertainment industries could only stare in dismay, their back-room plans in tatters. This highly original analysis of three attempts to bring in new laws to defend copyright on the Internet - ACTA, Ley Sinde and the Digital Economy Act - investigates the dance of influence between lobbyists and their political proxies and unmasks the sophistry of their arguments. Copyright expert Monica Horten outlines the myriad ways that lobbyists contrived to bypass democratic process and persuade politicians to take up their cause in imposing an American corporate agenda. In doing so, she argues the case for stronger transparency in copyright policy-making. A Copyright Masquerade is essential reading for anyone who cares about copyright and the Internet, and to those who care about freedom of speech and good government.
Introduction Part I: Internet, entertainment and copyright: a political perspective 1. Copyright politics and the Internet: an introduction 2. Copyright and the Internet: what is at stake? Part II: The American influence: America, ACTA and Special 301 3. Entertaining American objectives 4. A secret copyright treaty 5. Brussels copyfights 6. The EU masquerade 7. Special 301 for Spain 8. Ley Sinde Part III: The politics of music: Britain and the Digital Economy Act 9. A memorandum with no understanding 10. Ministerial manoeuvres 11. Looking behind the myth 12. Musical lawyers 13. Obstacles in the Lords 14. A cowed Parliament 15. Lifting the masks